Cisco Systems to increase workforce in India by 60%

Over the next four years Cisco Systems will increase its workforce in India by about 60 percent. This will be the first large-scale recruitment by Cisco in India after it announced a 15 percent cut in global workforce in mid 2011.

Much of the hiring will be for the company’s research and development centre in Bangalore, which is its largest outside the US. The IT giant has been increasingly using the Bangalore centre for innovating products for emerging markets such as India, China and Brazil.

Sanjay Rohatgi, the vice-president, said, “By 2015, we will be ramping up from 7,500 people to about 12,000 people, increasing workforce out of Bangalore. We want to innovate faster and at the right price point for emerging countries because the growth will happen in this part of the world now.”

Rohatgi looks after Cisco’s business in India and the SAARC region. Cisco’s service provider vertical contributes about 36 percent to the company’s total revenues from India.

Cisco has plans to work with service providers for leveraging 3G by offering services such as e-education with the aim to take video and data services to consumers and enterprises. The telcos have direct access to Cisco’s Bangalore engineering team, which enables them to get customised products.

By the middle of 2012 Cisco is expected to close one or two major long-term evolution (LTE) contracts. The broadband wireless access (BWA) services are expected to begin by the year-end.